The Old Northern Inn, built in 1900, is celebrated as the most historic building on Priest Lake. Today you can stay in modern comfort at this one-of-a-kind Northern Idaho retreat.
The area surrounding Priest Lake is known for tall forests and abundant wildlife. Priest Lake itself is a monument to the glacial action of the ice age with deep, crystal clear water teeming with lake trout.
The Great Northern Railway Company built the Northern Hotel here in 1890, the first permanent structure on the lake. Situated on a forested hillside above the growing village of Coolin on Priest Lake's southern shore, the hotel provided a panoramic vista of the lake and surrounding mountains. This great old building and its history of hospitality has been resurrected as the Priest Lake area's premier bed & breakfast — The Old Northern Inn.
With its shaded verandah, original white pine floors and cedar paneling, the Old Northern Inn offers rustic beauty and comfort, a perfect escape for those who seek the rhythm of a simpler time coupled with a warm, friendly atmosphere. Although only steps from the historic Leonard Paul Store and Bishop Marina in the village of Coolin, the inn is secluded by the surrounding forest, with a wooded path leading to a private dock.
The inviting guest parlor includes a stone fireplace, comfortable armchairs and picture windows overlooking the lake and the forested Selkirk mountains. Guests enjoy delicious breakfasts in the Cedar Dining Room, with wine and cheese offered every afternoon.
Restaurants serving everything from burgers to gourmet meals thrive on both sides of the lake. Detailed information on these attractions can be found on the Priest Lake Chamber of Commerce web site.
The Old Northern Inn is a 90 minute drive from Spokane and approximately the same distance from Coeur d'Alene. Directions to Coolin.
The Inn opens on Memorial Day weekend and operates through mid-October.
|Rates: $125 to $185, breakfast included
Children over 12 welcome — No pets — Smoking outdoors only
|Old Northern Inn Bed & Breakfast
PO Box 177
Coolin (Priest Lake), ID 83821
208-443-2426 [May 15-October 15]
571-251-5107 [off season]
web site updated: December 2013